Top Ten Tuesday: 1961, The Next 10

We’re looking at the Billboard year-end Hot 100 and focusing on the songs that finished #11-20. This week, we look at 1961

#20 – Sue Thompson, "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)": A song by John D. Loudermilk. Sue was a woman in her 30’s when this song came out, her singing style appealed to the younger recordbuyers, and it reached #5 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

#19 – Ray Charles, "Hit The Road Jack": Percy Mayfield wrote this and Ray Charles took it to #1 on the Hot 100 and the R&B chart, his sixth straight #1 on that chart. It also took the Grammy for Best Rhythm & Blues recording.

#18 – Connie Francis, "Where The Boys Are": Theme song from the movie of the same name, written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield. It reached #4 on the Hot 100 and #5 in the UK.

#17 – Ferrante & Teicher, "Exodus": The theme song from Otto Preminger’s 1961 movie of the same name. Their cover of the song reached #2 on the Hot 100.

#16 – The Shirelles, "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow": A song by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, this is the first #1 record ever recorded by an all-Black girl grup.

#15 – The Mar-Keys, "Last Night": An instrumental that was on the Mar-Keys’ 1961 album of the same name. Steve Cropper is on this record, although he didn’t play guitar: he held down a note on the organ throughout. This was the first single issued by Stax Records.

#14 – The Shirelles, "Dedicated To The One I Love": Written by Lowman Paulding and Ralph Bass and originally done by The 5 Royales. That version only reached #81 on the Hot 100. The Shirelles recorded it in 1961 and reached #3.

#13 – Roy Orbison, "Running Scared": Joe Melson and Roy wrote this and Roy issued this as a single in March. It reached #1 on the Hot 100 and sold over one million records.

#12 – Bobby Vee, "Take Good Care Of My Baby": Another Goffin-King creation that reached #1 in the US, Canada, and the UK.

#11 – Lawrence Welk, "Calcutta": This is actually a German pop song, written by Heino Gaze and originally called "Tivoli Melody." It was renamed several times before finally it was given the name "Kalkutta" in Germany and "Calcutta" by Welk. This was the most successful single of Welk’s career. It was the title track of Welk’s 1961 album and reached #1 for two weeks, while the album spent three months on the chart and reached #1 on the Album chart.

That’s Top ten Tuesday for May 11, 2021.

7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 1961, The Next 10

  1. It stopped at the Theme from Exodus which i really wanted to hear. Love Connie Francis who truly had a powerful voice and so unique…you recognize her instantly. I found it funny how the top 100 includes Ray Charles, The Shirelles but also Exodus and Lawrence Welk!?


    1. Try it now. Of all the videos out there, that was the only one that wouldn’t play in Canada…

      As much rock as there was on the chart in the ’60’s, there was still room for movie themes, easy listening, country, and folk.


  2. “Exodus” and “Calcutta” were the songs that most caught my attention back then. I think I preferred instrumentals when I was a kid.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


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